Marion loses big to state powerhouse Hutchinson Trinity

Hutchinson Trinity dominated Marion Friday night, handing the Warriors their second straight loss, 49-6.

The Celtics, ranked second in Class 3A by catchitkansas.com, moved the ball in big chunks throughout the night and six touchdowns before Marion scored its only points of the game on a 34-yard pass from Dillon Richmond to Cole Lewman with 1:59 to play in the game.

The Celtics racked up 388 yards of total offense on 27 plays, 269 through the air.

?Everyone they have played has had trouble stopping their offense,? Marion coach Grant Thierolf said. ?It not just us, it?s everybody.?

It took two snaps before the Celtics executed a 28-yard pass from quarterback Derek Racette to running back Brandon Koenigsman to reach mid-field.

On the next play, Trinity moved to the Marion 9-yard line on a 41-yard strike from Racette to running back Austin Rea. Trinity took a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard run by running back Tom Dyer and PAT kick from Racette.

The Celtics led 14-0 after a 64-yard bomb from Racette to wide receiver Michael Mesh and a PAT kick by Racette with 7:23 left in the first quarter.

The Celtics found the end zone again when Racette hit wide receiver Will Bothwell for a 27-yard touchdown on fourth down. Racette?s kick made 21-0 lead with 9:32 left in the first half.

Trinity scored again on fourth down with 3:36 to play in the first half when Racette ran in from 16 yards with 26 seconds left in the half. His kick made it 35-0 at halftime.

Scoring slowed for the Celtics in the second half, but big plays led to two more touchdowns.

With 7:06 to play in the third quarter, Racette connected on a 28-yard pass to Mesh. Later, after Racette barely missed a 54-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter, Marion capped the ensuing drive with the scoring pass play from Richmond to Lewman.

With a 42-0 lead and 5 minutes left in the game, Trinity pulled its starters. But the Celtics scored one more time on a 97-yard kickoff return by freshman Spencer Truman with 1:40 to play.

Trinity coach Sean Racette said field position was the reason he didn?t sit his starters earlier.

?First of all, we wanted to get the ball out of that end of the field,? said he. ?I didn?t want to put my JV in on the back of the goal line. I wanted to get the ball out of there so our JV could run some offense.?

Coming?Marion (4-2, 3-2) starts district play Friday at Remington (4-2, 3-2). The Broncos are coming off a 26-8 loss to Sedgwick.

Sedgwick (5-1, 4-1) will host Hutch Trinity (6-0, 5-0) Oct. 28 for the Heart of America League title.

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